Working Out While Knocked Up, Part Two
Back when I was pregnant with baby #2, I did a post about working out while pregnant. At that time, we were living with relatives, in one room. Our belongings were all still packed up, and money was far too tight for fancy things like gym memberships. However, I still wanted to get out and move while I was pregnant. It’s better for the baby, makes for an easier delivery, makes for a faster recovery, and of course, it’s good for me. Of course, my goal is not to lose weight or anything crazy when I’m pregnant. I just want to stay active, and set a good example for my kids.
Things have been much different this time around. We are back in our own place, which means that I have room to workout. It also means that I have been able to unpack my workout equipment. (Not that I have a ton of it). It has been a tremendous help. We still aren’t in a position to afford a gym membership and childcare, but I also don’t really see the need for it right now either. I have a lot of options without it. On a good day, I do a kettle bell workout. I purchased a few different weights of kettle bell“> from amazon (using prime to get free shipping) and I looked online for a workout that works for me. For right now, I love this one from Women’s Health Magazine. It’s quick, but it’s effective, and that’s exactly what I need with two kids running around. Generally, I get the workout done while the baby naps, and the 2-year-old watches, or sometimes, she will help me count reps, or even mimic the movements that I do.
The stars don’t always align for me to get in a quality workout like that though. Some days, the baby is really fussy or the two-year old just won’t sit still. On those days, the answer for me is to tie them down. Yes, literally. We live in an area with a ton of trails nearby, so on the rough days, I strap the girls in the stroller, and we get outside. The fresh air always improves their moods, and mine. Because I wanted to be able to take the stroller off the road and on trails, I purchased a BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller, Black“>Bob Revolution Dualie. I will be entirely honest with you here, I bought mine, used, from Craigslist. After having it, though, I get why people would pay the full price for it. The thing is amazing. It handles like a dream, and goes through everything. I will say though, that the size of it can be a bit overwhelming. It wouldn’t work well at the mall because of it’s size, and it’s heavy and awkward to move around when it’s closed. Otherwise, I love it though. On days when even a walk isn’t in the cards, we hit the park, crawl around on the floor, or turn up the radio and dance. The goal for me isn’t about weight loss. It’s about moving and setting the right example for my kids.
On that note, I follow some awesome moms on instagram for extra motivation. BottlesandBarbells and StayFitMomBlog are two that I love for their realness. You can see their kids running around during their workouts and they are honest about trying to make it all work. I respect that. I also follow Maria Kang on facebook. She’s the woman behind the No Excuses Mom movement. I draw inspiration from people like me, with young kids, husbands, dinner to cook, and who still manage to get it all done. I can relate to that.
So, tell me, how do you make it all work in your life? What is your favorite workout? How to you find the time for everything, without the mom guilt?
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